Previous Special Events

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Historian Edward Bowie explains why the military accomplishments of Alexander the Great remain a benchmark against which other military leaders are judged on Thursday, January 13, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Robert Bixby and Sara Imhof discuss the state of the American economy, and offer bipartisan solutions to reduce the national debt and improve the fiscal outlook for future generations on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.


Monday, December 13, 2010

The Kansas City Public Library continues its centennial commemoration of the 1910 Mexican Revolution with a special presentation by Jacob Prado, Consul of Mexico, on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the I.H. Ruiz Branch, 2017 W. Pennway.


Sunday, December 12, 2010
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Ouisa Kittredge is an affluent New York socialite in love with culture, so much so that her conversation is teeming with references to art, international politics, and contemporary cuisine. A young con man enters her home, speaking her language so fluently that his soliloquy on the virtue (and death) of imagination alters her self-perception to the point that her prized Kandinsky painting takes on new meaning. This tragicomedy confronts issues of identity and the commercialization of art as well as racial and sexual politics. 


Friday, December 10, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Friday Night Family Fun presents a Christmas Variety Show hosted by Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove, featuring holiday music by Cosgrove and Rockin’ Rob. Other acts include storyteller and spoken word performer Joyce Slater and juggler Brian Wendling.


Thursday, December 9, 2010
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

Political cartoonist Lee Judge discusses his new book The Stuff They Wouldn’t Print, a collection of cartoons that have been rejected during his 34-year career. The book includes his take on Tiger Woods’ troubles, Ronald Reagan’s colon surgery, and an imagined talk between Hillary Clinton and Lorena Bobbit.

Judge’s cartoons have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including: The Kansas City Star, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and National Review.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

National Endowment for the Arts representatives Anita Decker and Mike Griffin discuss recent changes to NEA grant requirements and offer a tutorial for persons and organizations seeking NEA funding.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010
7:00pm @ Plaza Branch

The Kansas City Brass—a six-member ensemble comprised of Kansas City Symphony performers—returns for its annual holiday performance, offering a selection of favorites from the sacred to the secular.

The Kansas City Brass is a brass ensemble with percussion organized in 1991. Its members are: Gary Schutza Jr. and Brian Rood (trumpets), Steve Multer (horn), Wyatt Henderson (trombone), Steven Seward (tuba), and Timothy Jepson (percussion).


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Following a contentious meeting in December 1955, the Kansas City Bar Association voted to admit both African Americans and women as members. This decision made the organization open to all lawyers regardless of gender or race. 


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III discusses the life and career of iconic film director Frank Capra.

“As America urbanized and spread its ideology, Capra and some of his contemporaries made movies examining the manners, morals, and culture of its small towns and frontier,” says Kemper. “They focused on the individuals whose idiosyncrasies built our vision of community and, together, these directors represent a kind of collaborative 20th century Tocqueville looking at the results of democratic culture.”